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Thursday, February 09, 2006

The "culture of life"

AP, January 18, 2006:
Having suffered a heart attack back in September, [Clarence Ray] Allen had asked prison authorities to let him die if he went into cardiac arrest before his execution, a request prison officials said they would not honor.

"At no point are we not going to value the sanctity of life," said prison spokesman Vernell Crittendon. "We would resuscitate him," then execute him.
The story mentions that Allen was legally blind, nearly deaf and had diabetes.

Hat tip to Dale Jamieson on the GEP-ed listserv.

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